For the first time, photographs have leaked out from inside the Nauru immigration detention centre.
Reopened in 2012, the detention centre houses between 500-600 people, mostly of Iranian background, who are attempting to seek asylum in Australia. The centre was most recently in the news following riots
that destroyed much of the facility's infrastructure. Conditions at the center have been criticised
by the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights as "unbearable".
Australia in 2013. We have forgotten our origins and our good fortune, we are blind to our own selfishness. In place of memory we cling to a national myth of a generous, welcoming country, a land of new arrivals where everyone gets a fair go; a myth in which vanity fills the emptiness where the truth was forgotten.
-- Julian Burnside writes
on refugee policy and alienation in Australia [more inside]
Australian Labor Party's 46th National Conference
starts today in Sydney. Key agenda items - Gay marriage
, and Uranium sale to India
. Follow it live
The United Nations Refugee Agency has a Flickr page
with nearly 3000 photos neatly sorted into over 150 sets
, most often by country, though sometimes by other themes, such as photos taken by refugee children
, life in a refugee camp
and mixed migration
. There are also news sets
, sorted by month. Some of the countries featured are ones that many associate with humanitarian disasters, Timor-Leste
and The Democratic Republic of Congo
, but there are also photosets from countries that few associate with refugees, Panama
Just a defacto "Nope".
"Refugees" from the US seeking asylum in Canada will no longer have any hoops to jump through. The hoops are to be replaced by impenatrable legal barriers, otherwise known as "inking the deal".